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10 Practical Ways to Make Your Kitchen Shelving Insta-Worthy

Open shelves might sound intimidating, but it's possible to keep them neat and stylish without sacrificing utility.

Top shelf, from top left:

1. Choose a “hero piece” to leave out for day-to-day cooking.

Colorful cast-iron crockery is as handsome as it is useful. Staub cocotte, $285 at Williams Sonoma.

2. Neatly folded layers of linens lend a polished look.

Crimson “flea market” tea towels, $38 each at Salt & Sundry.

3. Put fresh citrus in an accent bowl for a pop of color.

McLeod walnut individual salad bowl, $50 at Williams Sonoma.

4. For handy storage that looks great, transfer dry goods into glass jars.

$16 to $27 at Weck Jars.

5. An entertaining piece can also be a utensil holder.

WRF pitchers, $50 and $20 at Salt & Sundry.

Bottom shelf, from left:

6. Line up glassware for eye-appealing organization.

“Addison” goblets, $18 each at Salt & Sundry.

7. A beautiful appliance such as a pour-over coffeemaker can do double duty as a display piece.

Kinto Brewer Stand Set, $188 at Need Supply Co.

8. Stick to one tone for stacked plates and bowls.

Plates, $32 for four at World Market; Hawkins New York cereal bowls, $18 each at Need Supply Co.

9. Add life with a touch of greenery.

Neon pothos plant, $12, and Norden pot, $50, at Little Leaf.

10. Group your prettiest cookbooks.

France: The Cookbook, $50, and Tartine All Day, $25, at Salt & Sundry; At Home With Plants, $25 at Anthropologie; Nourish & Glow, $20 at Salt & Sundry.

Also on the top shelf:

Petrified-wood cutting board, $60 at World Market; teak-and-amber copper cutting board, $40 at West Elm; gray planter, author’s own; walnut salt mill, $80 at Williams Sonoma; Be Home storage canisters, $14 to $30 at Salt & Sundry; “Acacia” salad servers, $13 for set of two at World Market; walnut wood cooking spoon, $7 at World Market; basting brush, author’s own.

Also on the bottom shelf:

Yield Design copper cups, $21 each at Need Supply Co; copper mixing bowls, $35 each at Williams Sonoma; olivewood mortar and pestle, $20 at World Market.

This article appears in the October 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

Assistant Editor

Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.